Project Details

Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement (HOPE) of sorghum and millets in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

Duration: 15/Jul/2009 - 30/Jun/2013

Locations: Asia / Eastern and Southern Africa / Ethiopia / Kenya / Tanzania / West and Central Africa / Burkina Faso / Mali / Niger / Nigeria / Uganda / Eritrea / Sudan

Donor: Foundation or Trust,Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-USA

CGIAR Research Program: Dryland Cereals

This project seeks to take an integrated value-chain approach that harnesses market to increase production potential from technologies to stimulate the production of sorghum and millets in selected target areas representative of major sorghum and millet production zones. By integrating various actors across and within the input-supply, production, sale/storage, and marketing stages of the value chain in these locations, the project is capturing synergies and reducing transaction costs, resulting in large increases in yield, production, profitability and competitiveness for dryland cereal crops. Project activities are enabling and driving changes for the participants in the value chain. Focusing on carefully-selected target areas that provide a large opportunity to alleviate food insecurity and poverty in West/Central Africa, Eastern/Southern Africa and South Asia, this project is aiming at discovering, developing and delivering improved technologies for producing three major dryland cereal crops: sorghum, pearl millet, and finger millet. Organizations providing seed, fertilizer, credit, and know-how are being interlinked with producers, buyers, and marketers so that increased production is enabled by essential inputs, and driven by market demand.

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